The storm I described is not Lauren Daigle. I asked people not to condemn her in the title! She needs our prayers and yes, our support. The last thing any of us need is for her gift to be hindered.
I desperately need to clarify something. It’s not because I have been criticized. In fact, the amount of criticism from my post that mentioned Lauren Daigle was remarkably low. No, I am writing this is for a different reason: to finish what I started.
Lauren got an unexpected question. A question that should have been better directed at someone else. It was probably not fair to hit her with such an emotionally charged question, anymore that it would be fair to make me sing.
I did not sugar coat the mistake I believe she made, or what would have been better for her to say. But the greater fault lies somewhere else.
Satan has really done a number on the American church in especially one area: idol worship of church growth. This has so deeply infected some celebrity preachers that they have handed down terrible advice.
Take Carrie Underwood as an example. She was asked the same question about homosexuality and answered, “my pastor said we should not judge.” If that pastor did say that, he violated the meaning of that verse in Matthew 7. We are to judge, but we are to judge righteously (verse 27)—in other words Jesus said not to judge others for something we are selves are guilty of. How else can He go on and instruct us to remove the beam from our own eye before we remove the speck from our brother’s eye? What about the fact that later in that chapter Jesus is calling people dogs and pigs? And what about verse 2
Here is what is happening: Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at North Park University in Chicago sums up the marketing temptation by asking, “…and what is wrong with “marketing” the Church? If the essence of evangelism is declaring good news and “persuasion” of its truth – both in dependence on the Spirit and in the use of everything we can muster – and if marketing is about persuasion, and if there are commonalities between all acts of persuasion, what is the distinction between Church persuasion and marketing persuasion?”
The distinction between those persuasions is night and day. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” Paul knew human marketing, was skilled in it, and rejected it.
Paul understood what Jesus meant in John 16: 13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
The Holy Spirit is in charge of church growth. Period. If the sharpest mind of the first century knew to lay aside human marketing in favor of surrender to the Holy Spirit…what is our excuse?
Pastors are telling famous Christians who are actors or singers to avoid hot button issues. Only they are not being honest about why they are advising this. I want to scream, “Man of God: tell the truth!”
But they are not being truthful. They are couching their advice in breathy goobly-gook about not judging. What they really mean is…it’s bad for business. Almost every famous Christian musician and actor is getting this spiritualized bad advice.
How hard would it be to tell Lauren, “if you are ever asked that question tell them what the Bible says. Don’t state an opinion just quote verses from the word of God. That’s what Jesus did to Satan in the wilderness!
We are losing our country in a demonic leftist frenzy. But we are also losing it because compromised preachers are dumbing down the saints and giving false advise for the sake of growth. They have forsaken the Word of God! They are one big factor in the great falling away.
This is the storm predicted by David Wilkerson, Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth Hagin and Steve Hill.